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What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swal- lowing, which can cause malnutrition, dehydra- tion, aspiration, decrease in quality of life and cause aspiration pneumonia. Swallowing is a complex event that involves four phases and the timing and coordination of multiple systems. The four stages include oral preparatory, oral, pharyngeal and esophageal phases. A breakdown in any part of the phases or systems involved such as the brain, cranial nerves, oral or pharyngeal cavity or the esophagus can cause dysphagia.

How do I know if I have Dysphagia?

In most cases, dysphagia is diagnosed alongside a current medical condition. Most commonly stroke, other neurological diseases, respiratory condi- tions and head or neck cancer. Aging adults may also experience difficulty swallowing as a natural aging process.

Signs and symptoms of Dysphagia
  • Coughing or choking before, during, or after swallowing
  • Difficulty controlling food or saliva in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Throat clearing during eating
  • Gagging
  • Wet/gurgly voice quality during meals/after swallowing
  • Chest or back pain
  • Change in breathing patterns
  • Reoccurring pneumonia
  • Unexplained weight loss
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What do I do if I think I have Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a very individualized condition requiring specialized examination, which only a speech- language pathologist (SLP) can provide — as an SLP has intimate knowledge of the oral and pharyngeal structures required for swallowing. Seek out an SLP for a full evaluation if you think you have a swal- lowing difficulty.

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